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Written Answer by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on 'Change of Employer' option granted to Work Permit holders from January to June 2017

Notice Paper No. 829 Of 2017 For The Sitting On 11 September 2017

Question No. 609 For Written Answer

MP: Mr Kok Heng Leun

To ask the Minister for Manpower in the first six months of 2017, how many work permit holders (excluding foreign domestic helpers) have been granted the option of 'change of employer' by the Ministry and, of these, how many have found new jobs with new work permits issued without first going home.


  1. All foreign workers with valid salary claims are allowed to change employers.
  2. In the first six months of 2017, about 600 of such foreign workers indicated that they wished to change employers.
  3. Of these, about half found new jobs in Singapore. MOM does not track if the workers went home in between jobs.